It’s an effort that will certainly figure on the list of firsts for government schools in the Capital.
Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Surajmal Vihar, is gearing up to set a precedent for all government schools in Delhi by being the first to send its students abroad as part of a special educational exchange arrangement with a Swedish educational institution named Ronen’s Gymnasium in Malmo.
The initiative will provide about twelve Class XI students of this school a taste of the culture and school life in Sweden.
The children, accompanied by three teachers, will visit the country in April 2010 and spend about two weeks there.“This exchange of students and teachers is part of the ‘Culture Quest’ programme, in which schools are encouraged to forge links with their counterparts in other countries,” said Rina Ray, Secretary, Education.
“ The initiative has been in the pipeline for over a year now and has worked out only recently. We have earlier sent teachers abroad as part of Culture Quest, but the Surajmal Vihar school will be the first to send students.”
But before the students leave, Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Surajmal Vihar, will play host to students and teachers from Ronen’s Gymnasium — an institution where children primarily study vocational subjects — in November.
“We have planned a range of activites for them, including workshops and a sight-seeing trip around Delhi,” said Snehlata Gupta, one of the teachers who will be accompanying the students to Sweden nest year.
“We have decided to take Class XI children as we don’t want to disturb students of X and XII, who will be gearing up for the Board examination. The Class XI students will be selected on the basis of their communication skills, their understanding of Indian ethos and their ability to serve as good ambassadors for the country,” she added.